GAC Policies

The Gabriola Arts Council knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. The Gabriola Arts Council WILL NOT sell or intentionally share any information you give us without your prior consent. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting The Gabriola Arts Council, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

What Personal Information About Customers Does The Gabriola Arts Council Gather?
The information we learn from members helps us personalize and continually improve your  experience at The Gabriola Arts Council web site. Here are the types of information we gather.

Information You Give Us:
We receive and store any information you enter on our web site or give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, customizing future use of the web site, improving our service, and communicating with you.

Automatic Information:
We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many web sites, we use “cookies,” and we obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses The Gabriola Arts Council. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see examples of the information we receive. A number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit web sites anonymously. Using such utilities will not allow us to provide you with a personalized experience at The Gabriola Arts Council web site as we cannot recognize you. Obviously we need such things as your name and e-mail address, etc. if we are to be able to communicate with you.

E-mail Communications:
To help us make e-mails more useful and interesting, we often receive a confirmation when you open e-mail from The Gabriola Arts Council if your computer supports such capabilities. If you do not want to receive e-mail or other mail from us, please adjust your account to reflect this by selecting unsubscribe in the newsletter menu.

What About Cookies?
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide features such as automatic login.  The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of some of The Gabriola Arts Council coolest features, and we recommend that you leave them turned on.

Does The Gabriola Arts Council Share the Information It Receives?
Information about our visitors and members is an important part of our operation, and we will not sell or share this information with others unless required by law.

Protection of The Gabriola Arts Council and Others:
We release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with law; enforce or apply our Conditions of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of The Gabriola Arts Council, our users, or others.

How Secure Is Information About Me?
We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using PayPal Pro as our payment processor. The Gabriola Arts Council and Pay Pal Pro protect your privacy and information by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input.

It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

What Choices Do I Have?
As discussed above, you can always choose not to provide information, even though it might be needed to make a purchase or to take advantage of the Gabriola Arts Council web site features such as Automatic login. You can add or update certain information on pages such as the Directory. When you update information, we usually keep a copy of the prior version for our records.

The Gabriola Arts Council does not sell products for purchase by children. If you are under 19, you may use The Gabriola Arts Council only with involvement of a parent or guardian.

Automatic Information
Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; purchase history; the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through, and from our web site, including date and time; cookie number; and products you viewed or searched for.